Why is user experience important?
Working in the eLearning industry and working closely with an LMS, you learn a great deal about what you should incorporate in a learning system to meet your trainees’ needs. One of those aspects is the way user experience design affects the overall learning experience. According to research user experience has a strong impact on the way trainees learn and assimilate the given information. One of the most important aspects of an LMS design is to deliver information in a way that facilitates the learner’s cognitive process and support their further development.
So, how could we best achieve the proper approach?
- Put the visuals in the spotlight
As our access to information grows, our attention span grows smaller. This is where visuals come in handy. Whether they are in the form of an infographic, a diagram, chart, illustrations, even video and animations, they enhance the learning process.
- Satisfactory results require consistency of design
Make sure you stick to a particular design for your system. Mixing elements may lead to a chaotic and confusing experience on the user’s side, hence decrease their engagement rates.
- Short is the new engaging
Let’s face it. Nobody has the time to squeeze in a 40-minute-long course in their work schedule. And quite frankly – nobody wants to, either. Keep your courses short, no more than 20 minutes. Bite sized content is easier to comprehend, memorize, and is much more enjoyable, than long sessions.
- Sense of achievement
Having some way of showing progress of a learner’s path in your LMS goes a long way. It could be anything from simple stats page for each learner to as elaborate as a virtual timeline of trainings completed together with all kinds of embellishments such as badges, leaderboard standings, etc., but the engagement value that it brings along is priceless in terms of motivation and willingness to compete, evolve and grow.
- Focus on learner appreciation approaches
Gamified eLearning has recently become quite popular among learners. Badges, levels, achievements are only a few things you could incorporate in your LMS. Bringing an element of competitiveness into learning helps learners achieve better results, but it also makes the process feel more rewarding. Who wouldn’t want a trophy with a “Good job!” written on it?
- Make it your own
Incorporating your brand’s elements into your LMS does wonders for the user experience. While it keeps the system organized and cohesive it allows for users to recognize it as their own and take pride in being part of it. Learners will instantly feel “at home” and will be more inclined to spend more time in the system.
- No matter where, no matter when
Having a mobile app for your LMS or designing it to fit a mobile screen is of great value to your users as they are offered easy access to your content. It gives them enough flexibility to go through modules while they’re on the move. There’s no reason to deny – a mobile adaptation for an LMS is an absolute necessity in the fastmoving present.
The effectiveness of an eLearning experience can be judged by how the learner (our main user) experiences it all. If the learning process consists only of tedious ticking of checkboxes and long paragraphs of information, it will not do much for increased engagement and motivation. However, when the design focuses on bringing elements of fun and creating a no-stress and easy-to-work-with system, users are incentivized to be more productive, engaged, and motivated to keep learning.
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